He's fifth in line for the Swedish throne, but on his fourth birthday, Prince Alexander is number one to his parents and country.
This week, his parents, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden, posted a new portrait of the tot, grinning the most adorable baby-toothed smile, to social media with the caption, “Congratulations to our beloved Alexander on his 4th birthday ❤.” The bright-faced little boy is wearing a striped shirt, tidily buttoned to the top, under a navy pullover. His sandy hair is tucked behind his ears as he leans on the arm of a nail-head accented chair. (Yes, he is pretty chic for a preschooler.)
It's been a busy time for the young family, quarantining at home in central Stockholm, amid the cancellation of royal events due to concerns about coronavirus. Recently, Princess Sofia traded in her tiara and ball gowns for scrubs and surgical masks to volunteer as a medical assistant at Sophiahemmet Hospital, where she is a chairperson. She worked with medical personnel behind the scenes to support operations, since the facility is swamped with Covid-19 cases.
Additionally, the Swedish Royal family celebrated Easter with a multigenerational group video chat including the current Swedish rulers King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden. Twelve others also joined, including the heir apparent Crown Princess Victoria, as well as the remaining royals who are ahead of Alexander in succession: his cousins Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar, and his father Prince Carl Philip. On that call, the lucky birthday boy arguably had the best seat in the assembled crowd of royals—Prince Alexander perched on his mom's lap in a green garden under blue skies.